Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late Sunday night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Certified Master Chef Robert Mancuso ’90 Tells CIA Graduates their Education is Just Getting Started

St. Helena, CA – Certified Master Chef Robert Mancuso delivered the keynote address during commencement at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA on April 13. Mancuso, a 1990 graduate of the college’s New York campus, is executive chef of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. He told his newest group of fellow alumni that their graduation is just the beginning of their learning.

“Many of you may find yourselves involved in different aspects of our industry, but one thing I am certain of is that there is no successful executive or professional that has ignored his or her need to grow academically,” Mancuso advised recipients of degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. “Continuing your education is empowerment you simply cannot do without.”

Twenty years after earning his CIA degree, Chef Mancuso successfully completed the rigorous eight-day Certified Master Chef exam, becoming one of only 65 chefs to hold the highest certification bestowed by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). He has earned 13 gold medals in national and international cooking competitions, and in 2005 Mancuso was named Chef of the Year by the ACF’s Monterey Bay Chapter.

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Robert Mancuso, a 1990 CIA graduate and one of only 65 Certified Master Chefs in the United States, delivered the commencement address at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone on April 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Charlie Gesell/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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